Henri Victor Regnault /   Henri-Victor Regnault

France 1810 - 1878

Photography

Henri Victor Regnault
Henri-Victor Regnault
Male
France
1810
April 4, 2013
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After studying Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard’s modifications to William Henry Fox Talbot’s positive/negative calotype paper process, Henri-Victor Regnault probably began to photograph around 1847. He photographed landscapes, architecture, portraits, and genre scenes. A founding member of the Société héliographique in 1851, he also served as the founding president of the Société Française de Photographie in 1854. A chemist and professor of physics, he directed the Sèvres Manufactory from 1852 until 1871 and established a photographic department there. He eventually gave up photography to support and promote the promising painting career of his son, Alex-Georges-Henri.

Featured image: Henri Victor Regnault – Sèvres et ses environs, Manufacture, Porte orientale et cours d’Honneur – image courtesy of Phillips